Careers Education at Cavendish School
At Cavendish School we provide a comprehensive programme of careers education and guidance, plus information and advice through these website pages, our Careers Office and a dedicated Careers and Aspirations Leader – Katy Moore: [email protected]
The Careers Education Programme aims:
- To encourage all students to recognise and value their own skills and abilities and to appreciate their relationships with, and their responsibilities towards, other people, the community and environment.
- To develop the skills which help them to make informed and realistic choices for their future.
- To enable students and parents to be aware of the opportunities and alternatives open to them at different stages of their life and raise aspirations.
- To encourage understanding and experience of the world of work through work related learning and enterprise activities.
- To encourage students to think about their career plans. To discuss and review in order to make decisions and manage the transition processes effectively.
- To promote equality of opportunity irrespective of race, religion, gender, sexuality, disability and special needs.
Our commitment to every student at Cavendish School – from Year 7 onwards – is active engagement with the world of work to underpin learning and to raise academic achievements.
Our aim is to encourage curiosity and to provide encounters with a wide range of future career pathways. We expect students’ interests and expertise to change as they proceed through school life and our careers offer is built around this understanding of personal development.
We believe that by embedding employability skills and advice into every year of study -through the pastoral system, the curriculum and through extra -curricular opportunities – our students access the advice and skills they need to pursue their long-term ambitions.
We make no assumptions about the career paths to which our young people may aspire, and through encounters and advice, we offer every student the opportunity to prepare for their working life beyond school.
Every student at Cavendish School can access the following:
- Mentoring and coaching
- Our Visiting Speakers programme
- Information about the employment market – local and national
- Workplace visits and work experience placements
- Access to workshops, open days and visits from further and higher education institutions and apprenticeship providers
- Access to on-line careers resources
- Help with career management skills (CV writing, CV building, job searches and interview practice)
- Pupils are entitled to find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point;
- Pupils are entitled to hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options events, assemblies and group discussions and taster events;
- Pupils are given support to understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.
We actively track and encourage student involvement in our Career programme and use this information to inform future choices, resources and events we run.
We also actively encourage all students to take part in something in the school. Whether this is with a sports team, a choir, a drama group, school council or coding club, we want to ensure our pupils are learning life skills such as teamwork, communication and leadership and having fun at the same time. The list of available clubs are published at the beginning of each term.
A provider wishing to request access should contact Katy Moore, Careers and Aspirations Lead, Email: [email protected]
Would you like to help us?
If you would like an informal chat about how you could support our careers programme in school then please email kmoore:cavendish.e-sussex.sch.uk. You could share our careers events on your social media, you could join our alumni network of past students, you could come in and give a talk about your career and life journey so far, you could help us out with an event. Whatever it might be, we’d love to hear from you!
Howard Medway, a local (now retired) college manager, came in to help us during our ‘Mock Interview’ event. He says ‘It was really interesting to hear the different sorts of pathways that young people are thinking about pursuing. This event really helps them to understand what to expect at an interview. I really enjoyed the whole experience.’
Careers Programme by Year group:
- Brighton University come into school with their student ambassadors to play a fun game with pupils. They learn all about what life at Uni can be like, the sorts of subjects they could study and understand what a degree is.
- Pupils also take part in a STEM workshop day getting them to think about the world’s future problems such as transport and sustainable energy.
- All year 7 students work through their careers booklets during tutor time.
- Pupils take part in an event called ‘Careers Cafe’ where we invite local business people to come and sit with pupils in an informal setting and talk to them about what they do. Pupils can ask questions and move around to talk to the various people in the room.
- All year 8 pupils work through their Careers booklets in tutor time.
- They are all invited to an ‘Options Evening’ talk in the hall with parents. They are given information about the subjects they can study for GCSE and the school careers adviser is available to speak to pupils on a 1-1 basis if they need support with making decisions.
- Pupils are able to request a 1-1 careers interview with the school careers adviser at any time throughout the year.
- Pupils are invited to take part in careers talks from various different people talking about their job roles. This year we have had talks from a marketing business, a Policeman and an Engineer.
- Pupils are invited to take part in The Big Futures Show which is a large Careers Fair that takes place once a year.
- All year 9 pupils work through their Careers Booklets in tutor time.
- Pupils are invited to various events throughout the year eg -visit to Plumpton College, visit to Brighton University, Medical Mavericks workshop.
- Pupils are encouraged to apply for Subjects Captains to support departments across the school, teaching leadership and responsibility.
- Pupils take part in various workshops throughout the year – Brighton University Mentoring, Homework club, Humanutopia workshop.
- Pupils are invited to talks with various speakers about their jobs and businesses.
- Pupils take part in Work experience for one week.
- Pupils take part in college taster days in the summer term.
- Pupils take part in many workshops throughout the year including revision techniques
- College and FE providers are invited in to deliver assemblies to talk about what they offer.
- Guest speakers come in to give motivational talks and work 1-1 with students.
- Steps to Progress evening takes place in October with parents and pupils invited to hear all about year 11 expectations, speak to FE providers and hear from the school Careers adviser.
- Pupils can request a 1-1 interview with the school careers adviser at any time throughout the year.
- Pupils take part in Mock Interview day to prepare them for future interviews. They need a CV completed for this.
- Pupils apply for college and will be working through their Profiles and personal statements.
- Pupils are seen for mentoring sessions 1-1 and in small groups with the school careers adviser to teach them about employability skills and opportunities.